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Ads suck

I've gone back and forth on Google Ads over the last few years, on various blogs including this one and Minnesota Stories.

My main problem? They're freaking ugly! And these are about the least offensive ads can be, but they're still an eyesore. The other problem: Half the time they're not remotely relevant to the page content. I've tried to eliminate most instances of the word "b-l-o-g" here because all the ads were about starting a b-l-o-g, even though hardly any of my posts are about that activity.

I'm not at all opposed to advertising, but because of these problems I feel resigned to the artsy not-for-profit realm. Rocketboom has a perfect model going for video, and I think a localized version could work well for Minnesota Stories. As for the non-video world, why isn't there some kind of indie rock version of Google Ads or Federated Media? Or is there?

Related post from Eric Rice: What advertiser would you just die to have?

June 13, 2007 at 04:47 AM in Weblogs | Permalink


I'm not opposed to ads either, but they are ugly and kind of tacky looking. But where you have yours isn't really too bad. They're not noticeable which is a good and bad thing =0)

Posted by: Justin at Jun 13, 2007 1:01:25 PM

Not nearly as ugly as the Adbrite post-roll/pre-roll ads.

Posted by: taulpaul at Jun 15, 2007 12:05:38 PM